Purchasing smartphones has become rather a big investment when compared to what a cellular phone used to cost. When looking back to the first year of the millennium, nobody could have easily predicted that phones would make such an impact on our lives. 2007 Steve Jobs released the first smartphone to be to come to mass public appeal, with the high cost of the phone being negligible, proved by the fact that stocks ran out in stores within an hour of opening the line for sale.
Every two to three years, it is mandatory for an individual to upgrade their phone to keep up with the best hardware and software available, although a good smartphone phone can be used to up to five years, software. Support for app software upgrades usually terminate within two years from the date of release of the smartphone. There are projects currently being developed that would end the tradition of buying a new phone every two years with those said projects coming to fruition hopefully by the end of this year. Until then, you would probably need to purchase a new phone to suit your required needs.
What is this said project and how can it end the traditional cycle of upgrading?
This project is one run by Google which allows users to have total control of the hardware installed in their smartphones. Such a concept can end the usual upgrading cycle for smartphones as you can simply replace your old hardware with latest hardware available.
If the whole point of you buying a new phone is because of its renewed camera then you can save your money by simply purchasing the new camera module and swapping it with the camera module already available on your smartphone. Such an innovation can be achieved only by producing a completely modular phone which is exactly what Google is working on. The project is called Project ARA and prototypes have already being produced to the general public and is said to reach fruition by the end of 2016. A Puerto Rico marketing pilot was planned in 2015 although it was postponed and relocated. The project ARA phone will allow you to use almost all the hardware installed in the phone, including the screen, the RAM, the process and even camera.
If you need more battery life and you don’t need a camera, then you can pull out your camera and install a secondary battery. All these components are held together by powerful electromagnets and is supposed to hold everything in place even if you drop from the side of your head to the cold, hard pavement of the street. The best feature about the phone would be that it’s modules can be manufactured in the same way Google’s Play Store works, in which it allows anyone to do their own Android application development, the same freedom granted for Android submission development is granted foe the production of modules for the project ARA phone, meaning that there can be millions of third party producers for modules for your project ARA phone.
Project ARA will not only reduce electronically waste, it will also make smartphones affordable enough for everyone to own, meaning that the world will finally be truly unified virtually.